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Spinal FusionFusi³n de la columna vertebral

Spinal Fusion

During spinal fusion, your surgeon locks together, or fuses, some of the bones in your spine. This limits the movement of these bones, which may help relieve your pain. Even so, you may feel more flexible after a fusion because you can move with less pain.

Types of Spinal Fusion Surgery Surgery

Which section of the spine is fused depends on where your pain is. Sections of the spine that may be fused include:

  • The neck (called cervical fusion)

  • The lower back (called lumbar fusion )

Fusion can be done from the front (anterior) side of the body or the back (posterior) side of the body. Your surgeon will decide which is best for you.

Before Your Surgery

You will most likely arrive at the hospital on the morning of the surgery. Be sure to follow all of your doctor's instructions on preparing for surgery.

When to Call the Surgeon

Call if you have any of these symptoms during your recovery:

  • Increased pain, redness, or drainage from the incision

  • Fever over 100.0°F

  • You should stop eating or drinking 10 hours before surgery.

  • If you take a daily medication, ask if you should still take it the morning of surgery.

  • At the hospital, your temperature, pulse, breathing, and blood pressure will be checked.

  • An IV (intravenous) line may be started to provide fluids and medications needed during surgery.

Anesthesia

At the start of your surgery, you'll be given general anesthesia. This medication will make you "sleep" through the surgery. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is in charge of the anesthesia. He or she may meet with you before the surgery begins to talk to you and answer your questions.

After Surgery

After the surgery, you'll go to the PACU (postanesthesia care unit). You'll stay there until you are fully awake, usually a few hours. Then you'll go to your room. With cervical fusion, you may go home the next day. With lumbar fusion, you will stay in the hospital for 2-7 days.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

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